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Gain Traction In Your Job Search by Working With A Staffing Company Event

Wondered how staffing agencies or executive search firms function and how job seekers can benefit in today’s job climate? In early January, The Job Forum hosted an event over Zoom designed to share valuable insights on staffing, recruiting,…

A Job Search Slump

Your job search has hit a wall. Every job you’ve applied to hasn’t panned out or they flat-out ghosted you and every time you go looking for new opportunities it seems to happen again and again. It’s easy to lose hope and motivation…

Considering Another Way To Find Work?

Considering another good way to find work….What is the difference between temporary and contract work? Temporary workers are employees of a temporary agency and are paid by the agency. Contract workers are hired to perform a project.…

Careers in Technology

With widespread layoffs impacting many Bay Area companies in 2023, having optimism for what’s to come this year is completely valid! In early January, The Job Forum hosted a dynamic event over Zoom designed to introduce job seekers to roles…

Exciting “Careers in Cybersecurity” Event at The Job Forum

In Nov. 2023, many job hunters participated with The Job Forum in a fascinating discussion of roles and opportunities in the growing field of Cybersecurity.   The expert speakers volunteering at The Job Forum’s panel discussion…

Helping Job-Hunting Veterans

The Job Forum has a commitment to job-hunting veterans. The nonprofit Job Forum has created a targeted program with customized information and counsel for those veterans who are looking to change their job or take the next step in their careers.…

Why Have A Summary Statement On Your Resume?

That career objective at the top of your resume was really totally useless and so passé. Now you should have a summary statement, which is way more helpful. What exactly is a summary statement? It’s a few short lines that go at the top…

Looking For Work Is Isolating – How The Job Forum Helps

The Job Forum is a non-profit which promotes economic security for all in the SF Bay Area region. This is accomplished entirely with volunteers who are managers from leading local companies who support job hunters by helping them to conduct…

Reexamine What’s Important To You Now

There’s no better time than now to slow down, take a breath and reflect on the accomplishments and shortcomings of the past year. The last month of the year is also the perfect opportunity to begin thinking about goals and aspirations for…

Careers In Small & Medium Businesses

Introduction Did you know that companies with less than 100 employees make up 98% of the total number of businesses in California? At The Job Forum, we like to define a small and medium business as an organization that has under 1,500 employees.…

The Importance of Informational Interviewing

Introduction The Job Forum recently hosted an industry spotlight event, especially for young job hunters, titled: “The Importance of Informational Interviewing.” In this highly anticipated Workforce of the Future event, job seekers learned…

Careers in San Francisco City Government Recap

On Aug. 24th, the Job Forum presented a “Careers in San Francisco Government” event. Job Forum Panelist and Moderator, Kathy Mark, a City employee herself, did a great job in finding 9 very talented City Employees who gave of their time…

Delivering Exceptionally for the Careers in Sales & Customer Success Event

Introduction The Job Forum recently hosted an industry spotlight event titled: “Careers in Sales & Customer Success.” In our Zoom classroom, experts in sales, sales support, business development, and customer success actively connected…

LinkedIn for Students & Early Career Job Seekers: 5 Rules You Can Break

(A one-time pass to break some rules) Most new grads (or soon-to-be-grads) I know have some kind of profile set up on LinkedIn – probably because you were told you should. But what now? Is your LI profile any good (as in getting you job…

Careers in Social Impact and Corporate Philanthropy

The Job Forum volunteer, Raminder Somal, recently helped organize and spoke on a “Careers in Philanthropy” panel.  Raminder is a past panelist and was excited to support The Job Forum again on this important panel for those interested in…

Being A Volunteer: An Interview with Michelle Londono

Michelle Londoño, Lead Designer at ProActive Network Consulting, pulls from her experience as a Girl Scout troop leader, a community organizer and as a Public Health Nurse.  Experienced in the holistic nursing process, Michelle digs deeper…

Careers in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEIB)

Job hunters who attended July’s “Careers in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)” event gleaned a host of actionable insights from a diverse group of experts. The Job Forum of San Francisco hosted the July 13 event–which…

Remembering Robert Ronald, Founder of The Job Forum

July 24th marks 71 years since Robert Ronald established The Job Forum in San Francisco. As the longest continually running job search organization in the SF Bay Area, we’d like to remind you of the legacy a 26 year old immigrant left on generations…

Careers in Marketing Event Attracts A Broad Range of Job Hunters and Experts

The Job Forum recently hosted a special event called: “Job Accelerator for Marketing and Advertising Professionals.” Over Zoom, experts in marketing, communications, advertising,  sales, market research, and strategy actively connected…

The Job Forum Volunteer Dinner

The importance of connecting in-person was on full display during The Job Forum’s annual volunteers’ dinner. On Thursday June 8th, a lively group of more than 40 volunteers dined and mingled at the Toy Soldier restaurant. In between our…

The Job Forum Business Veteran’s Career Advisory Panel

A new service for Job Hunting Veterans   The Job Forum Business Veterans Career Advisory panel is a new Job Forum initiative. The goal is to help veterans who are job hunters to better translate and present their transferrable skills…

Careers in Biosciences Are A Growth Industry

The Job Forum & UC Berkeley Extension linked up to orchestrate a wonderful event for job hunters called “Careers in Biosciences.” Nine bio and life science professional experts took the “virtual” Zoom stage with a wealth of knowledge…

What Is The Recruiting Process Like?

An interview with BB Events’ founder, Becca Bloom on her experience and her hiring process with insights for job hunters.   You might reasonably suspect the majority of people find their employees for jobs through job-related web…

Basic Mistakes That Will Slow Down Any Job Search

One of the most common complaints we hear from frustrated job seekers is that they spend tons of time applying to jobs, but never hear anything back, which then became the term GHOSTING!   If you’re not getting the response you…

Time-Tested Career Advice

By Robert Leone Managing communications and outreach for a large USAID-funded Global Health program and, in retirement, my current volunteer work as a Career Coach at the San Francisco Main Library and at The Job Forum has given me the opportunity…

Are You an Exceptional Candidate?

Do You Stand Out from Other Job Seekers in a Crowd? Job markets are becoming even more competitive. The most critical thing for an employee leaving a company and entering the job market is to stand out as exceptional to recruiters. Employers…

Steps to Take Right after a Layoff to Land your Next Job

Steps to Take Right after a Layoff to Land your Next Job Our news is filled with reports of layoffs from technology companies, banks, and small businesses closing. No matter what your layoff looks like- whether you’ve worked for a company…

Wednesday Job Forum

President Franklin D. Roosevelt eloquently pointed out, “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Every Wednesday over Zoom, The Job Forum hosts a 90-minute workshop that is sure to empower any job seekers during these challenging times.…

Workforce of the Future – Program for young people offered by The Job Forum

The Job Forum has expanded, and offers career guidance and job search skills to two age groups of young people in a program called Workforce of the Future. This is a new initiative supported in part by a grant from the Miranda Lux Foundation…

Job Hunter Success Story – Meet Ismail Bugdayli

This is a real success story about Ismail Bugdayli. But first, Ismail wants you to know he made lots of effort and plenty of mistakes in his job search. He wants other job hunters to Not make his mistakes.   Now that he has a great…

The Powerful Benefits of Informational Interviewing

The highlights from a workshop created as part of The Job Forum’s Workforce of the Future Program, which was supported in part by a grant from The Miranda Lux Foundation to help prepare young people under the age of 25 for the world of work. Participants…

The Job Forum’s Workforce of the Future – “Good Careers for Young People to Consider”

Many, if not most, young people are undecided about what kind of work, or careers, they want to pursue, or how to prepare for an effective job search. The Job Forum (a 501c nonprofit now in its 70th year) has created a new youth program to help…

Is The Sky Falling?

Is the sky falling?   As I write, none of my clients at tech companies like Google and PagerDuty has been laid off, but they have been affected nonetheless. One tried to…

Call For Job Forum Volunteers

The Job Forum is looking for great volunteers to help us with the valuable roles. These roles are ones where you can add the experience to your professional work experience. Please ask to interview for the roles you are interested in.   Contact…

Come To The Job Forum To Expand Your Professional Network

We all have been hearing a lot about gloom in the job market and layoffs by large companies. There are a few things you CAN do:   Come to The Job Forum to meet people who know lots of other people and may be able to refer you to…

Exploring The Professional Summary

As a professional résumé writer, I am always happy to offer advice and support to job seekers who are working to write a résumé that will be impactful and catch attention in today’s competitive job market.  One of the questions that I…

You Are Welcome to Volunteer with The Job Forum

The Job Forum welcomes you to volunteer with The Job Forum. This is a unique nonprofit group that has been offering job search advice and support to those who need and want to work for 70 years here in the SF Bay Area. Our volunteer members…

Are you sick of answering the strengths and weakness questions during an interview?

As a recruiter I am tired of asking those questions because most of the time the answers are not really truthful, or the interviewee will tell me what they think I want to hear.   The Interview process is fundamentally about getting…

Job Forum Youth Program: Workforce the Future – Tips and ideas from Good professions for Young People to Consider

At a recent Job Forum event to help young students consider opportunities to pursue for their future professions, The Job Forum talked in depth with a biotech executive, a finance company partner and a staffing and HR search professional, two…

The Job Forum’s “Workforce of the Future” Workshop Series for Young Career & Job Searchers

Many, if not most, young people are undecided about what kind of work, or careers, they want to pursue, or how to prepare for an effective job search.   With funding assistance from The Miranda Lux Foundation and in partnership with…